Friday, 27 May 2016

Bakers Krate Review - May 2016 - Canadian Baked Goods Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Bakers Krate
How Much? $19.99 per month, plus $9.99 shipping. Save on 3 and 6 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? 6 or more gourmet desserts delivered to your door

Bakers Krate is a Canadian subscription that sends gourmet, artisan baked good straight to your door each month. Bakers Krate curates different sweets and desserts from Canadian bakeries and treat makers. Each box contains at least six different fresh baked goods for you to enjoy.

Whether you like it sweet or savoury, we got you covered! Tired of Bakery Hopping to find out what's good? We do the research and bring the good stuff to you!

Bakers Krate ships throughout the month, between the 1st and the 20th. Sign up before the 19th of the month and you will receive that month's box. You can skip a month or cancel anytime. 

This is the first month of the newly designed packaging. The box is smaller, which is better as the products don't jostle around as much. 

Another look at the new packaging.

Inside the box.

Product info.

First I will show you the products as they came out of the box, then I will show you the products out of the wrappers.

Assorted Premium Shortbread from Goodies Bake Shop

Desserts Plus Matcha Melting Moments from Desserts Plus and Blueberry Pastry Twists from Eiffel Tower Pastry Shop.

Oreo Brownie from Caked with Love Co.

Nutella Brownie from Caked with Love Co.

First up, the Nutella Brownie from Caked with Love. This was delicious. Great texture and consistency. It was chewy and crunchy in all the right places. 

The Oreo Brownie, also from Caked with Love, was great. The texture and consistency was perfect. Not too moist and not too dry. The Oreos mixed in were a nice bonus.

This shortbread cookie from Goodies Bake Shop tasted of espresso and chocolate. It was very tasty!

A cluster of shortbread, almonds, and cranberries. It was ok, but too "shortbready" for me... if that's a thing.

This shortbread was half matcha and half plain (I think). I didn't enjoy it. The matcha flavour was strong and the shortbread dry.

The Blueberry Pastry Twist from Eiffel Tower Pastry Shop was pretty good. It was almost like a small portion of a studded. The crust was sweet and flaky. I would have liked more blueberry filling!

"Matcha Melting Moments" are more like little matcha flavoured shortbread cookies, dusted with powdered sugar. They were better than the other matcha shortbread in the box.

The May Bakers Krate included seven items for bake shops all over Winnipeg. One of the bakeries featured, Caked with Love, is brand new to Bakers Krate. I enjoyed the pastry twist, but the brownies were my favourite items this month. 
Are you interested in trying Bakers Krate? Use promo code SWEET to save 10% off your first month. New subscribers only!

Click here to check out Bakers Krate.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

SprezzaBox Review - May 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? SprezzaBox
How Much? $34 per month, including shipping. Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item to help a man redefine his style experience.

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item. A typical box will have a tie, socks, an accessory and a grooming product. You may also be surprised with an occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other trendy product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!
May's collection is called "The Bryant". May is the season for weddings, graduations, Kentucky Derby, and more. The weather is warmer, so cotton and linens should be your go-to now. 

First  look

Product card

Sprezza Pocket Square ($16)
This scallop print is great for the summer months.

These triple stripe socks were made exclusively for SprezzaBox to match this month's tie. Great spring colours!

Jack Sartori Necktie ($78)
This striped linen tie has the perfect summer weight and colours. Sprezza suggests pairing it with a heather grey suit.

AUS Silver Sphere Cufflinks ($34.95)
AUS is an Australian company that offers nearly 100 different styles of cufflinks on their website. These silver knot ones are simple and classic.

Supersmile Original Whitening Toothpaste (1.4oz, $13)
This toothpaste freshens, whitens, strengthens, and protects. This small tube is enough for a one month supply when used as directed.

The May SprezzaBox included five items, with a retail value around $157 US! This box only costs $34 US for Canadians. It's a huge value this month, with several high quality pieces. The colour scheme is great for spring and summer. 

If you are interested in signing up, you can save 10% off your first box on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, or save 15% off your entire purchase in the Sprezza Store. Use promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout to claim your discount. The Sprezza Store includes products from past boxes, as well as complete boxes from previous months. 

Click here to check out SprezzaBox.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Box Review - Summer 2016 - Bath & Body Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Fortune Cookie Soap Box
How much? $19.99 per quarter, plus $8 shipping to Canada. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? 8 mini size bath & body products from an upcoming collection. Ships 4 times per year.
Fortune Cookie Soap is a company that produces handcrafted bath and body products. FCS has a major product launch four times per year, so each season FCS puts together a limited edition box containing 8 mini-size products from the upcoming collection. The Soap Box ships approximately two weeks prior to the launch, giving subscribers an opportunity to try out the new fragrances and formulas, before committing to full size versions. The box also includes a $10 gift code, which can be used on the FCS website to purchase your favourite items.

The 2016 Summer Soap Box is out and the theme is "Just Keep Swimming". It's an homage to Disney's Finding Nemo. The full line of products is available now at Fortune Cookie Soap, so be sure to check them out online.

This season we are trying eight products from the "Just Keep Swimming" collection.

First look!

Intervention! Whipped Cream
This body butter brings together coconut milk and tangy pineapples for a tropical treat. FCS Whipped Cream body butter is rich and creamy, non-greasy, and fantastic smelling!

Jelly Man Don't be Jelly
This is a very weird item. It's the texture of a firm jello jiggler. You are meant to use it in the shower, like soap. Work him into a lather and rub all over. This one invokes black cherry, watermelon, guava nectar, strawberries, and lime. It makes me want a smoothie!

Ooooooooh...Barracuda Lip Gloss
This gloss smells delish and the sheer berry colour is quite nice too. The application is a little messy from this pot, but I think the full size is sold in a tube with applicator. This one smells of honeydew! 

Aqua Scum Spray Lotion
This moisturizing blend of of lycee, apple, and peach nectar. Spray it on after a shower and rub in. Quick and easy!

Lil' Blue OCD Hand Sanitizer
OCD Hand Sanitizer is my favourite FCS product. One comes every season in the box! This one smells of pear, apples, plum blossom, and sandalwood. 

Shark Bait Fortune Cookie Soap
This soap looks like Nemo! I hope he isn't the shark bait. It's a blend of oranges and vanilla ice cream. Creamsicle soap!

Pedi-Bomb Fin. Noggin. Duuude.
I think this is supposed to be a turtle but it's pretty beat up. It's a lemon-lime fizzy pedi-bomb. Drop in a warm foot bath and let your little piggies soak. 

This is a tropical mash up of strawberries, black-currant, jasmine, grapefruit, and fresh avocado. I don't usually like the FCS perfume oils, but this one is nice.

The Summer 2016 Fortune Cookie Soap Box included eight items from the new "Just Keep Swimming" collection. This is a fun tropical "Nemo" themed box. All the products smell delicious. I like the spray lotion and hand sanitizer the best. Value wise, this is a sample box so it's difficult to put a value on it. The fortune cookie soap and hand sanitizer alone total almost $7 US, plus subscribers receive a $10 gift card good towards full size purchases.

If handmade bath and body products interest you, this box is a great way to sample different FCS products. I'd recommend this box for a teen or tween due to the whimsical themes and product branding. One concern would be for those with allergies or sensitive skin. While the website lists ingredients for each product, most of the sample sizes do not include an ingredients list and some of the online descriptions are vague.
The Fall 2016 edition of the Fortune Cookie Soap Box ships around August 2016. If you are interested, be sure to sign up soon! If any of these Summer themed products interest you, check out the Fortune Cookie Soap website. The "Just Keep Swimming" collection is available now!

Click here to check out Fortune Cookie Soap Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

GlobeIn Benefit Basket Review - May 2016 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Benefit Basket
How Much? $19.95/month or $56.95/3 months. Additional $12 shipping per box. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? A handcrafted good nestled inside a handwoven basket

Each month, GlobeIn delivers the Artisan Gift Box, a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. From the GlobeIn Artisan Box, comes the GlobeIn Benefit Basket.
Think of it as a mini Artisan Box: a budget-friendly alternative for mindful consumers looking to discover crafted, distinct goods that empower remarkable artisans in remote regions of the world.

The Benefit Basket includes one incredible handcrafted good, inspired by the month's Artisan Box theme, delivered to you nestled inside GlobeIn's signature handwoven basket. Inside each Benefit Basket, you will also find a story about the artisan, their community, and how you are making an impact on their lives with your purchase.

GlobeIn Signature Handwoven Basket ($12)
The GlobeIn Signature Handwoven Basket is made using the traditional “tenate” design. Handcrafted from discarded palm leaves by indigenous Oaxacan artisans and colored using natural, water-borne paints, each basket can take up to six hours to weave.
The baskets can be used for storage, gift giving, table decor, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Matr Boomie Shibori Scarf ($25)
This long tie-dye pattern scarf is made in India using a traditional Japanese method known as Shibori, a process of dyeing cloth. Stitching, binding, folding, and compressing is used to create the desired geometric and tie-dye patterns. Matr Boomie connects women's artisan groups with international markets, giving them exciting new prospects and economic stability.

This is a great scarf. It's lightweight and long, which means it's very versatile. I love the bright blue pattern that resembles water. It fits with the May Artisan Box "hydrate" theme. 

The May GlobeIn Benefit Basket included two products, with a retail value of $37 US. This box costs $32 US for Canadians. The scarf is quite nice and I like how it ties in with the Artisan Box's hydrate theme this month. 

If you are interested in subscribing to the Benefit Basket, new customers can use coupon code TRYBENEFIT to save 35% off their first month's box with a purchase of a 3-month Benefit Basket subscription. That gives you $7 off, bringing your 3-month subscription down to $49.95, plus shipping.

Click here to check out GlobeIn Benefit Basket.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Friday, 20 May 2016

RawSpiceBar Review - April 2016 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? RawSpiceBar
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness. 

RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

RawSpiceBar charges $4 per month for shipping. The packages ship between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first or second week of the following month. Shipping has always been my main complaint with this service.

The theme for April is "Parsi Spice Box" and features Indo-Persian themed spices and recipes.
This month, we are heading to South Asia, where we've included a few delectable dish recipes and spices inspired by the Indo-Persian fare. This culture's cuisine is full of a broad spectrum of spices, from sweet to salty and warm to spicy.

This month we have a recipe for a main, a side dish, and a dessert. There is also an alternate dessert recipe posted on the website.

Parsi Garam Masala Spices and Indo-Persian Chicken Curry Recipe
The main recipe is Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Indo-Persian Chicken Curry), a traditional and flavorful dish. Balanced with both sweet and warm spices, this recipe consists of sauteed and slow-cooked chicken and apricots. Chickpeas can be substituted for chicken if you're looking for a vegetarian dish.
Warm and sweet flavors collide in this spice blend which is properly translated into "warm spice mixture" in Hindi. This blend can be incorporated in vegetable stews, grilled meats and Parsi styled eggs. It also acts as the star ingredient in the traditional Indo-Persian entree, Chicken Curry.

Kala Namak, Cumin & Chile Spice with Kachumber Salad Recipe
This vegetarian salad is made with onion, tomato, cucumber, mint, and cilantro. I learned when I was in Bulgari and Turkey that most regions around the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East have their own version of what we know as a Greek Salad. In Bulgaria it's called the Shopska Salad. In Turkey it is called Shepherd's Salad.In Iran it's called Shirazi Salad. This Kachumber Salad is India's version.
This blend is tangy with fresh flavor notes perfect for creating Indo-Persian cuisine such as the colorful Kachumber Salad. Because of the Kala Namak (Black Salt), this blend works wonderfully with Parsi street style snacks like chaat and mango.

Rose & Cardamom Spices with Rose & Cardamom Kulfi Recipe
Kulfi is a frozen dairy dessert popular in India. The main ingredients are milk and sugar, so it's very similar to ice cream. There is also an alternate recipe online for Cardamom & Rose Rice Pudding.
Fragrant and perfect for Spring, this spice blend features floral flavors that compliment light and creamy dishes. The blend works perfectly in the Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) feature recipe, along with Indian smoothies known as Lassi.

One of my packages wasn't sealed properly so spices leaked out all over the mailer and all over my floor when I opened it.

The April RawSpiceBar included spices and recipes from the Parsi culture of West India. The recipes appear straight forward and easy to follow. This is a new type of cuisine for me so I'm looking forward to trying it out!

Interested in trying RawSpiceBar? You can save 50% off your first month using promo code SPICEFLAVOR. Code is valid for new subscribers only.

Click here to check out Raw Spice Bar.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.